Novak Djokovic became the king of Australia for the fifth time and for the fourth time Andy Murray came close to becoming the champion. In a four set-match, Djokovic overcame a better-than-before Andy Murray, a minor injury and uncomfortable shoes to re-write his name on the Australian Open trophy for the fifth time in ten years.
The Djoker beat Murray 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-0 in 3hr 39 minutes to record his eighth Grand Slam title. Novak Djokovic is now only one title short of matching homeboy Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian Open titles.
Even though the final set told a different story, Andy Murray gave Djokovic a real fight at the Rod Laver Arena. The opening two sets went right down to the wire. Djokovic and Murray broke each others service four times to take the set into a tie-breaker. Djokovic was the more determined one as he took the tie-breaker 7-5.
Djokovic Injures His Thumb
In the eighth game of the first set, Djokovic rushed to the net. Murray cleverly placed his forehand to the opposite direction and Djokovic fell while turning. Even though the shot from Murray hit the chord and went out, Djokovic hurt his thumb. After that Djokovic was uncomfortable for some time. He could be seen feeling his thumb between points.
However, Djokovic got over the pain quickly and dug his heels in to claim the first set.
Djokovic digs his heels in but can barely move his feet properly
Murray held his service comfortably in the first game of the second set. The problem started in the second game. Djokovic was serving and he looked terribly out of balance. He even fell once. On each point, he got off-balance and squandered his service. Djokovic was either falling or freezing to the ground allowing Murray to break his service easily.
However, by the time the third game began, Djoker got his footing right and broke Murray’s service. At this stage Murray displayed his fighting spirit and full range of shots to claim a close second set.
Djokovic Serves Out The Match
Djokovic’s fans would have been a little scared at the beginning. He let Murray break his service rather easily in the very first game of the third set. His recovery was strong though. Djokovic grabbed two consecutive break points and took the third set in just 39 minutes.
Murray looked frustrated to the very core by the time the fourth set began. Djokovic did not leave any hope of a come back as he got the fourth set over quickly against a tired Murray.
Djokovic Earns Rival’s Respect
Andy Murray may have lost in the Australian Open to Djokovic for the fourth time but his respect increased. After the match, he said
— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) February 1, 2015